O. Henry facts for kids
Portrait of O. Henry, by W. M. Vanderweyde, 1909
|Born||William Sidney Porter
September 11, 1862
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Died||June 5, 1910
New York City, New York
|Pen name||O. Henry, Olivier Henry, Oliver Henry|
O. Henry, pseudonym of William Sydney Porter, original name William Sidney Porter(born Sept. 11, 1862, Greensboro, N.C., U.S.—died June 5, 1910, New York, N.Y.) American short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace—in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings, a device that became identified with his name and cost him critical favour when its vogue had passed.
Among his most famous stories are:
- "The Gift of the Magi"
- "The Ransom of Red Chief"
- "A Retrieved Reformation
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Porter in Austin as a young man
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